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Temple University is a comprehensive public research university in Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell. Temple University is among the nation’s largest providers of professional education (law, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry) and prepares the largest body of professional practitioners in Pennsylvania, offering over 300 academic degree programs at seven campuses and sites in Pennsylvaniamarker and its international campuses in Romemarker, Tokyomarker, and Londonmarker.


Temple Admissions Office

Temple University was founded in 1884 by Dr. Russell Conwell, a Yalemarker-educated, Bostonmarker lawyer, orator, and ordained Baptist minister, who had served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Conwell came to Philadelphia in 1882 to lead the Grace Baptist Church and began tutoring students, later dubbed "night owls," in the basement of the church. The school became known as Temple College in 1888, and became a fully accredited university in 1907.

Today, Temple is one of Pennsylvania 's three public research universities, along with the University of Pittsburghmarker and Penn State Universitymarker. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated Temple as Research University/High Research Activity, including it among the top universities in the nation with comprehensive curricula and nationally recognized research programs. Temple is a state-related university, meaning it receives public funds and offers reduced tuition for Pennsylvania residents but is under independent control. This differs from the schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and is a status shared only with the University of Pittsburghmarker and the historically black Lincoln Universitymarker. Pennsylvania State Universitymarker is similarly a state-related university, although it is also a land-grant university, putting it in a slightly different category. Usually, tuition at state-related universities is higher than the tuition at the PASSHE schools due to the independence of the institution.

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Temple University has over 300 degree programs from 17 schools and colleges and 4 professional schools.[32875] Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs are now offered through the College of Health Professions and Social Work, Ambler College of Environmental Design, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts, the Boyer College of Music and Department of Dance, the College of Science and Technology, the Tyler School of Artmarker, the Fox School of Business, the School of Communications and Theater, the School of Dentistry, the Graduate School, the Temple University Beasley School of Lawmarker, the Temple University School of Medicinemarker, the School of Pharmacy, the School of Podiatric Medicine, the School of Social Administration[32876] & Department of Health Studies, and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Name of College Dean
College of Environmental Design James Hilty, Ph.D.
Tyler School of Artmarker Therese Dolan, Ph.D
Fox School of Businessmarker M. Moshe Porat, M.B.A., Ph.D.
The Maurice H.marker Kornberg School of Dentistrymarker Amid I. Ismail, B.D.S., M.P.H., M.B.A, Dr.P.H
College of Education C. Kent McGuire, Ph.D.
College of Engineering Keya Sadeghipour, Ph.D.
College of Health Professions and Social Work Ronald T. Brown, Ph.D.
Beasley School of Lawmarker Joanne Epps, J.D.
College of Liberal Arts Theresa Soufas, Ph.D.
School of Medicinemarker John M. Daly, M.D., FACS, FRCPS
Boyer College of Music and Dance Robert T. Stroker, Ph.D.
School of Pharmacy Peter H. Doukas, Ph.D.
School of Podiatric Medicine John Mattiacci, D.P.M.
College of Science and Technology Hai-Lung Dai, Ph. D.
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management M. Moshe Porat, M.B.A., Ph.D.
School of Communications and Theater Thomas Jacobson, Ph.D (Interim Dean)

The School of Dentistry, established in 1863 as the Philadelphia Dental College, is the second-oldest dental school in continuous existence in the United States and for 140 years, has provided men and women with a strong academic and clinical background for the practice of general dentistry.

The Temple University School of Medicinemarker opened its doors to students on September 16, 1901. The third coeducational medical college in Pennsylvania, it began as a night and weekend teaching venture to accommodate working people. Classes were held initially in College Hall, next to Russell Herman Conwell's Baptist Temple Church, and clinical instruction was given at the Samaritan Hospital farther north on Broad Street. The original medical school numbered 20 faculty with 35 students enrolled during the first year. It remains fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. It employs approximately 452 full-time faculty, 73 part-time faculty and 875 staff. Each year it admits approximately 180 medical students and 24 graduate students.


Pennsylvania Campuses

Temple University Ambler Campus
New Tyler Art Building
  • Main Campus: Located in Philadelphiamarker, about one and a half miles north of Center City. The campus is bordered by Susquehanna Avenue to the north, Oxford Street to the south, 16th Street to the west, and 10th Street to the east.
  • Health Sciences Campus: Located in North Philadelphia specifically spanning Broad Street from Allegheny to Venango streets. With two hospitals (pediatrics and teaching), a pharmacy college, a nursing college and a dental college, it has a strong reputation for integrating all areas of health care into one fluent system. The medical and pharmacy schools are nationally renowned. The pharmacy school in particular is unique in its approach to education of the profession by administering courses that focus more on clinical sensibilities to prepare its students for the new roles of the pharmacist as a health care provider in the coming decades.
  • Center Citymarker: Adjacent to Philadelphia City Hallmarker and Suburban Stationmarker, Temple University Center City (TUCC) specializes in evening courses for working adults, and offers bachelor's and master's degrees in liberal arts and business.
  • Amblermarker: Originally a junior college, Temple University Ambler whos name was changed during the summer of 2009 to the College of Environmental Design, due to the campus' degree focus on Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Horticulture, now has 325 faculty and 4,600 students, offering bachelor's and master's degree programs on a 187 acre (757,000 m²) arboretum, located from the main campus.
  • Harrisburgmarker: Located at Strawberry Squaremarker, Temple University Harrisburg offers degrees in education, business, and social administration.
  • Fort Washingtonmarker: Temple University Fort Washington offers graduate degrees in business, computer engineering, education, pharmacy and liberal arts.

Campuses Abroad

Temple University Japan

Temple University also operates , a branch campus located in two buildings in Minato-ku, Tokyomarker, Japanmarker. TUJ is the oldest and largest campus of any foreign university in Japan, with an estimated 1,286 matriculated students, of which approximately one-half are Japanese, and one-half are either from the United States or more than 40 other countries. Of this number, 851 are undergraduates, and 435 are in graduate programs (48 MBA, 154 Law School and 233 TESOL). Non-degree enrollment is about 978, and there are approximately 987 enrollees in continuing education programs.

The campus offers B.A. (nine majors), M.S.Ed., Ed.D., MBA and LL.M programs, and also offers semester and year-long study abroad programs for U.S. undergraduates and law students (the latter is the first American Bar Association-accredited study abroad program in Asia). In addition, TUJ has non-degree English-language, continuing (adult) education, and corporate education programs.

After extended negotiations involving the U.S. and Japanese governments, in February 2005 TUJ became the first recognized in Japan. As a result, its credits and degrees are recognized as being equivalent to those of Japanese universities (while still being regular Temple University credits and degrees) and it can sponsor visas for international students. TUJ students are also given Japanese student identification cards and can obtain student discounts on train passes, mobile phone contracts, and other items.

The one remaining issue of contention between TUJ and the Japanese government is that TUJ is taxed as a for-profit company, even though the main campus is a non-profit, state university. This puts a significant financial burden on TUJ and its students.

Other campuses

Temple also operates the following campuses abroad:
  • Temple University Rome in Rome, Italymarker offers both Semester and Summer study-abroad with an option of an internship.
  • Temple University in Oviedo, Spain, which is based at the University of Oviedomarker. A spring semester program was added in 2008 to complement the existing summer program.
  • Temple University London Program in London, UKmarker is offered through the School of Communications and Theater.

The Rome campus has been in existence for more than 40 years. This campus is located in the Villa Caproni on the Tiber River. While studying in Romemarker most students reside in the Residence Medaglie D'Oro, which is in the vicinity of the Vaticanmarker.

Temple also operates its own summer programs in Londonmarker, Dublinmarker, and Saint-Louis, Senegalmarker and administers an LLM program in Chinamarker (the only one of its kind) through a cooperative venture with Tsinghua Universitymarker in Beijing.

Former Campuses

  • Tyler School of Artmarker: Tyler School of Art campus, located in Elkins Park, Pennsylvaniamarker, was donated by Stella Elkins Tyler in the 1930s to dedicate as an art school. A controversial move in recent years has led Temple to plan on closing the campus and moving it to the main campus, despite concerns from students, faculty, and alumni. One reason for the continuing concern is the demolition of a large parking lot to build the school, creating less parking area in the already cramped university while simultaneously bringing in more student population. The relocation was complete for the spring semester of 2009.


Many of Temple's various colleges are nationally ranked. For example, The Beasley School of Law at Temple University ranks No. 2 for trial advocacy, No. 3 for legal writing and No. 16 for international programs in the U.S. according to U.S.News & World Report. Temple's Fox School of Businessmarker is consistently ranked among the top undergraduate and graduate business programs in the nation. The Fox School of Business' undergraduate program is ranked 94th nationally by BusinessWeek while its MBA program is ranked 53rd worldwide by Financial Times. The Tyler School of Art at Temple University is ranked No. 14 in the U.S. for graduate programs, with its painting and drawing program at No. 7 and its sculpture program at No. 8, according to U.S.News & World Report.


Temple is one of Pennsylvania 's three public research universities, along with the University of Pittsburghmarker and Penn State Universitymarker. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated Temple as Research University/High Research Activity, including it among the top universities in the nation with comprehensive curricula and nationally recognized research programs. The 26th largest university in the United States ,Temple is the 6th largest provider of professional education in law, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, and podiatric medicine. More than 400 different sponsored programs receive external support from federal, state and local governments, industry, and private non-profit organizations. In addition, Temple provides incentive awards to faculty to encourage them to conduct intellectual pursuits.

Among the research institutes at Temple are:The Temple Cardiovascular Research Group (CVRG), headed by Dr. Steven Houser;[32877]The Temple University Lung Center, headed by Dr. Gerard Criner;[32878]The Center for Neurovirology and Cancer Biology (CNVCB), headed by Dr. Kamel Khalili;[32879]The Center for Advanced Photonics Research;[32880]The Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, headed by Dr. E. Premkumar Reddy;[32881]Asian Tobacco Education, Cancer Awareness & Research (ATECAR) Initiative, headed by Dr. Grace Ma and funded by the National Cancer Institute;[32882]Temple Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic, headed by Dr. Philip C. Kendall and funded by National Institute of Mental Health;[32883]The Center for Substance Abuse Research (CSAR), headed by Drs. Martin Adler and Toby Eisenstein;[32884]Temple Center for Obesity Research and Education(CORE), headed by Dr. Gary Foster;[32885]The Temple University Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)[32886]The Arts and Quality of Life Research Center, headed by Drs. Cheryl DiLeo and Joke Bradt[32887]The Center for Advanced Photonics Research (CAPR), headed by Dr. Robert Levis[32888]; and the Metropolitan Philadelphia Indicators Project (MPIP)[32889].


Temple University Men's Basketball

The school's sports teams are called the Owls: this name comes from Temple's early days, when it was a night school. The Owls are primarily members of the Atlantic Ten Conference (A-10), with the notable exception of football, which is transitioning into the Mid-American Conference from being a I-A Independent. The school's men's and women's basketball as well as the men's soccer teams are part of the Philadelphia Big 5 group of teams.

During the 1950s, the Temple basketball team made two NCAA Final Four appearances (1956, 1958) under legendary Head Coach Harry Litwack. Litwack would be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Famemarker after concluding a 21-year coaching career that included 373 wins. Head Coach John Chaney, also a Hall of Famer, won a total of 724 career games and took Temple to the NCAA tournament 17 times. His 1987-88 Owls team entered the NCAA tournament ranked #1 in the country, and he has reached the Elite Eight on five different occasions. He was consensus national coach of the year in 1988. Current NBA players Eddie Jones of the Miami Heat, Aaron McKie of the Los Angeles Lakers, Rick Brunson of the New York Knicks, and Mardy Collins of the New York Knicks continue to enhance Temple's proud basketball heritage.

The Women's Basketball Team was guided by head coach and three time Olympic Gold Medalist, Dawn Staley from 1999 to 2008. Under Staley's leadership, Temple earned 6 NCAA Appearances (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). Staley was named the head coach for the University of South Carolina on May 7, 2008. She is succeeded by Tonya Cardoza a former assistant coach from basketball powerhouse, the University of Connecticut. As an assistant coach, Cardoza was instrumental in leading the University of Connecticut to 5 National Championships (1995, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004). Cardoza was introduced as the head coach for the Temple Owls on July 1, 2008.

Temple University was among the first institutions in the United States to sponsor extracurricular athletic activities for its students. Both the football and basketball programs were inaugurated back in 1894 under the direction of Coach Charles M. Williams.

Temple University is also home to several intercollegiate club sports. Notable among these are the men's and women's rugby teams. Temple rugby teams compete as members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Football Union (EPRU) and the Mid Atlantic Rugby Football Union (MARFU). Temple's women's rugby team has made two trips to the USA Rugby Division II National Championships, in 2004 (winner) and 2005 (runner up). Member's of Temple's men's and women's rugby teams have gone on to represent the United States of America, and have received All American Honors.

Student life

Rock Hall
Resident students, totaling approximately 9,000 , live mainly in the high-rise residential halls and apartment-style residences on the Main Campus in North Philadelphia. However, students also live on the Ambler and Tyler campuses. A few of Temple's oldest residence halls feature single sex floors while most newer residence halls are co-ed, with single gender bathrooms. Additionally, wellness floors have been developed to allow students who select to live there an environment for healthy living. In 2005 the Office of University Housing and Residential Life opened its technology supported "Jack Niven honors classroom" within 1300 North and South Residence Hall to assist students.

The Independence Blue Cross Student Recreation Center provides 59,000 square feet (5,500 m²) of fitness facilities. The Rec Center is just one component of the Liacouras Center. Liacouras, the home court of perennially successful Temple basketball, also houses entertainment venues and a recreation center. In addition, the Student Pavilion, a multi-purpose, 4-court field house provides students with additional recreational space for volleyball, basketball, badminton, floor hockey, indoor soccer, tennis, golf, and much more.

Temple University is currently ranked the most diverse university in the nation by the Princeton Review. Signs of Temple's diversity can be seen all over campus as well as throughout its student organizations. More than 240 clubs and organizations provide outlets for all cultures and allow for socializing. Temple has a competitive political debate (where Temple is a member of the National Parliamentary Debate Association), community service, and more. Student-athletes compete in intercollegiate and intramural athletics.

In the Fall of 2005 the University opened Phase II of the Student Center Annex which included a full scale movie theater, underground multi-purpose room, game room, and computer lounge, as well as an improved meeting and office space for student groups and organizations. The movie theater features recent movies at prices affordable to students, along with snacks and beverages.

Residential halls

Currently first year students and very few sophomores have the opportunity to live in the following housing units: Johnson & Hardwick Residence Halls, Gertrude Peabody Residence Hall, James S. White Residence Hall, 1940 Residence Hall, 1300 Residence Hall, Temple Towers Residence Hall, Elmira Jefferies Residence Hall, and The Edge at Avenue North. Students living on Tyler campus used to reside at Beech Residence Hall until the Tyler School of Art moved to Main Campus in Fall 2008. Students on the Ambler campus live in the East Residence Hall. Students enrolled in the Podiatry School in Center City may chose to live in TUSPM Apartments.

The Louis J. Esposito Dining Center is located on the ground level of Johnson and Hardwick Halls located near the north end of main campus and is commonly referred to as J&H or the caf. Students not wishing to make the trip to this end of campus may visit the Howard Gittis Student Center's (commonly referred to as the SAC)Valaida S. Walker Dining Court.

Graduate students may obtain housing in Triangle Apartments on main campus. While Triangle Apartments is the oldest structure of the main campus residential halls, Gertrude Peabody Residence Hall is the oldest traditionally designed residential hall. In 2006 the building celebrated its 50th anniversary. The structure was originally designed as a women's residence hall with the campus cafeteria in the basement. The Gertrude Peabody Residence Hall building structure has since undergone many renovations to better serve students including a study lounge, game room, fitness center, computer lab, kitchen, and new windows and air conditioning. Many alumni fondly recall their experiences in Peabody Hall, known affectionately as "Peabody Pride". Gertrude Peabody Residence Hall is also known to have been built on land that once occupied one of Temple University founder, Russell Conwell's original homes.

Extensive renovations have been made to existing university owned properties to keep up with student expectations. In Fall of 2006 bathrooms in both Johnson and Hardwick Residential Halls received complete upgrades. Fall of 2007 Johnson Residential Hall student rooms were renovated, followed by Hardwick Residential Hall in Fall 2008. In Summer 2008 renovations were completed on the JH Esposito cafeteria as well as Winter 2008 on the basement lounge of JH. Summer 2009 saw the long awaited complete refurbishment of Temple Towers Residential Hall including student apartments, common area spaces and the enclosure of balconies to add more space to the student units. Pending budget funding, Gertrude Peabody Residential Hall is to receive upgrades to their common bathrooms in the near future.

To accommodate the growing demand for housing on campus in recent years, the university has made arrangements for auxiliary housing within Presidential City Apartments, Elmira Jefferies, The Edge at Avenue North, Franklin House, and Kardon-Atlantic Terminal Building. Arrangements with Presidential City and Kardon-Atlantic Terminal Building ceased beginning in Fall 2004. Franklin House ceased beginning in Fall 2006.

Surrounding the Temple campus are an array of students living within independently run, local realty housing. After freshman and sophomore years, Temple students are not guaranteed housing. Apartment complexes on Temple's campus include: The Edge at Avenue North, Kardon/Atlantic Terminal Building, University Village, Sydenham Commons, and Oxford Village. Many students who do not live in these buildings live in off-campus apartments or row homes. These are located in the North Philadelphia area close by campus.

Students may obtain information on listed property managers through the Office of Off-Campus Living within the Housing and Residential Life Office which is located at 1910 Liacouras Walk.

Student Government

Barack Obama addressing Temple University students
Temple Student Government, known on campus as TSG, is the representative voice of the student body, and holds regular meetings with administrators to voice student concerns. The leadership of TSG is currently Student Body President Kylie Patterson and Student Body Vice Presidents Anthony Leyro and Jon DeSantis, who together ran on a slate entitled TUAction! TSG has a fully staffed office within the Howard Gittis Student Center and holds bi-weekly Student Senate meetings. Temple Student Government also provides a number of popular services to the student body including shuttles to local shopping centers and Philadelphia International Airportmarker.

Student Organizations

Temple University boasts over 200 student organizations. . One of the school's largest student organizations is The Temple News, Temple's community newspaper, which features nearly 200 student writers, photographers, editors and business employees, coordinated by a staff of 20.

Greek life

Temple University recognizes 24 Greek Letter Organizations as part of the Temple University Greek Association. , Temple's Greek Life community made up less than 2% of the student population but has more than doubled in population in the last year and has seen an addition of ten newly recognized organizations in the past year. The Inter Fraternal Council (IFC) at Temple University has noticed the rise in Greek participation and has decided to introduce two new fraternities and sororities to campus for the next five semesters. The current president of the Temple University Greek Association is Alex Shelow, a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi.

On May 3, 2006, Temple University Greek Association sponsored 3 awards at the First Annual Temple University Diamond Awards, These awards, voted upon annually by members of Temple Administration, currently include; Greek Man Of The Year, Greek Woman Of The Year, & Greek Chapter Of The Year.

Temple University Greek Association
Inter-Fraternity Council
National Panhellenic Conference
National Pan-Hellenic Council
Multicultural Greek Council
Alpha Chi Rho
Alpha Epsilon Phi
Alpha Kappa Alpha
Chi Upsilon Sigma
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Delta Phi Epsilon
Alpha Phi Alpha
Beta Pi Phi
Alpha Kappa Lambda
Delta Zeta
Delta Sigma Theta
Delta Chi Psi
Alpha Tau Omega
Phi Sigma Sigma
Kappa Alpha Psi
Delta Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta Rho
Omega Psi Phi
Gamma Phi Sigma
Kappa Sigma
Phi Beta Sigma
Iota Nu Delta
Phi Kappa Theta
Zeta Phi Beta
Kappa Phi Gamma
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Lambda Theta Alpha
Sigma Alpha Mu
Lambda Theta Phi
Sigma Beta Rho
Psi Sigma Phi


In January 2006 the university opened the TECH Centermarker. The TECH Center is a ., state-of-the-art technology facility with resources that cater to current learning styles. Designed with a variety of workspaces to enable students to work collaboratively or individually, the Center is the largest of its kind in the nation. Also at Temple, computer labs and distance learning equipped classrooms are available throughout the various campuses. 85% of Temple's campus has wireless access. In 2004, the Princeton Review named Temple the fourth-most "connected campus" in the United Statesmarker in the annual "Top 25 Most Connected Campuses" survey [32890]. Temple has maintained its "Top 25" listing for three years in a row. Many professors use "Blackboard"-- an online learning system. On Blackboard, they post assignments, lecture notes, grades, and announcements. Faculty can receive technology assistance at Temple's Instructional Support Center. In 2003, Fox School of Business at Temple University began automated recording & webcasting of classroom meetings, called TUCAPTURE. In 2006, PC Magazine commented on TUCAPTURE in ranking Temple as #15 Most Wired College in America, quoting CIO Tim O' Rourke about capture, attendance, and notetaking [32891]. In 2008, TUCAPTURE features 40 classroom and mobile devices internationally, and offers more than 900,000 minutes of classroom audio, visuals, video, and handwriting, delivered automatically via email, podcast, webcast, RSS, and Blackboard [32892].


One of Hart’s first directives as president of Temple University was to establish a Sustainability Task Force, comprised of students, faculty and staff, to study best-practices in large, urban universities and recommend actions the university could take to create a sustainable campus culture. As an outgrowth of the task forces’ recommendations, the Office of Sustainability was established on July 1, 2008, as a central resource focusing on four key areas: operations, academics, research, and outreach & engagement.

Thus far, the university has:enacted policies that include purchasing from green vendors and conserving water and energy across campus;offered 46 undergraduate courses, 22 graduate courses and 12 General Education courses focusing on the environment and sustainability; set in place programs to administer grants and offer incentives for any research related to the environment or sustainability; andoffered programs to help create a green culture, both at Temple and beyond.


The "T"

Temple's "T" logo
The traditional symbol of the University is the Temple "T." Early in his administration, President Peter J. Liacouras initiated a contest to choose a new symbol to represent the University. The winner was this particular version of a representational T, which was created by Kristine Herrick at the Tyler School of Art. The symbol was adopted in 1983.

The Owl

The owl is the symbol and mascot for Temple University and has been since its founding in the 1880s. Temple was the first school in the United States to adopt the owl as its symbol.

Story has it that the owl, a nocturnal hunter, was initially adopted as a symbol because Temple University began as a night school for ambitious young people of limited means. Russell Conwell, Temple's founder, encouraged these students with the remark: "The owl of the night makes the eagle of the day."

Notable among a number of songs commonly played and sung at various events such as commencement and convocation, and athletic games are: Temple University Fight Song, "Fight! Temple Fight!" Fight! Temple, fight on! Fight with all your might! Fight for the Cherry and White, Keep our colors high! Roll that ball and hit the line, All the Temple stars will shine, Skill and courage win the game Fight on, Temple, fight!


There are 260,000 living Temple alumni in all 50 states and 145 countries.

Notable alumni include:

Comedian and actor Bill Cosby, who has been widely associated with the school during his entire career, began his higher education at Temple University. He dropped out in his junior year to pursue his career. He received his BA after earning his Master's and Doctoral degrees, at approximately forty years of age.[32893]

Temple 20/20

Temple 20/20, a new framework to guide development at Temple’s main campus, will make Broad Street the center point of the university and include a new library for students and the community; a large new green space; a new science building and a high rise residence hall. Although the full plan has not been unveiled, highlights were recently reported by Philadelphia media.

Under the plan, the 105-acre campus will remain the same size, with buildings growing vertically or going in place of current buildings. To make the campus more open to the surrounding community, iron fencing will be removed from the boundaries.According to Temple University president, Ann Weaver Hart, the plan is designed to open up the campus; bring students out onto Broad Street and contribute to the development of North Philadelphia and the city itself.


Since mid-2008, there have been four shootings on or near campus involving members of the surrounding community.[32894][32895][32896][32897] In commentaries to The Temple News, some students have been critical of the university's decision not to use its mass notification system, which is designed to send text messages and emails to students, faculty and staff in the event of imminent danger.[32898][32899][32900] [32901] University officials have stated that the alert system is intended for use only to alert members of the campus community to a serious campus emergency that requires immediate action. A commentary published in a Temple student blog warns that overusing the system could diminish the importance and urgency of alert notifications.[32902]


On April 2, 1965, Lester B. Pearson, Prime Minister of Canada and recipient of the Nobel peace prize was awarded the Temple University World Peace Prize. During his acceptance speech Pearson criticised American bombing of Vietnam,

"There are many factors which I am not in a position to weigh. But there does appear to be at least a possibility that a suspension of such air strikes against North Vietnam, at the right time, might provide the Hanoi [communists] authorities with an opportunity, if they wish to take it, to inject some flexibility into their policy without appearing to do so as the direct result of military pressure"

The seemingly harmless speech infuriated former President Lyndon B. Johnson who, the next day at Camp Davidmarker, took Pearson out onto the terrace and began "laying into [Pearson] in no uncertain fashion". Pearson later apologized for the speech.

Other notable achievements


Temple University was named as having the Most Diverse Student Population in Princeton Review's 2008 list of the 366 Best Colleges.


Temple's Fox School of Businessmarker is consistently ranked among the top undergraduate and graduate business programs in the nation. Princeton Review named Temple as one of the Top 20 Most Entrepreneurial Campus in U.S. Fortune magazine named Temple as one of the top 25 universities for entrepreneurs in their America's Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs: 25 top programs for undergrads ranking.


Temple University Professor of Piano Lambert Orkis and Lecturer in Tuba Jay Krush were both awarded Grammy Awards at the 42nd Grammy Awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 23, 2000.


In 2004, Temple Alumnus, Juan "Pepe" Sanchez (BA,2000) won a Gold Medal in the Olympic Games as part of the Argentina's Basketball Team. Sanchez also holds the distinction of being the first Argentine to play in the NBA.


Stand-up comedians Bill Cosby, Bob Saget and David Brenner are also noted alumni.


In 2009, Temple University was chosen by Rooftopcomedy to be one of the 32 schools across the United States to compete in the National College Comedy Competition.


The university yearbook Templar has won the national American Collegiate press award for the past three years beginning in 2006.

External links


  1. Wikipedia: Russell Conwell
  2. Wikipedia: Russell Conwell
  9. - Temple University Greek Association
  10. - Temple University Diamond Awards
  26. "Test of the TU Alert System," email memorandum from Temple University Campus Safety Services to faculty, staff and students, February 5, 2009
  27. Stursburg, Peter, "Lester Pearson and the American Dilemma", Vietnam War: The Speech, Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1980, p.217
  28. Stursburg, Peter, "Lester Pearson and the American Dilemma", Vietnam War: The Speech, Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1980, p.218

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